The 8-week program offers courses at levels 1 through 4, including the half-levels 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5. Placement in a level is determined by examination at the beginning of the session. The 8-week program typically enrolls a highly diverse student body, including undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and professionals. Students immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Arab culture through their academic work, commitment to the Language Pledge, and participation in a variety of cocurricular activities. Some need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available.
The 6-week graduate session is part of the Arabic School's MA degree program, established in 2012. The graduate and 8-week sessions differ in focus. Whereas the 8-week session is primarily a language program, designed to improve Arabic language proficiency as rapidly as possible, the graduate session aims to provide rigorous graduate instruction in certain content areas, with Arabic as the language of instruction, discussion, assignments, and so on. Graduate-level proficiency in Arabic is therefore a requirement for admission to the graduate session. The graduate program offers a general track in Arabic studies, featuring in-language coursework on topics in Arabic literature and Arab culture and society; and an Arabic language pedagogy track, offering advanced training in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). For more information, please visit Graduate Studies in Arabic. Applicants pursuing an MA are encouraged to apply for financial aid, as special funding is available. Merit-based scholarships are also available.